Twitter has agreed to pay $150 million in fines after the US government sued the social media company

Twitter asked users for personal information to secure their accounts, but then used that information to target users with ads

The social media company misrepresented the “security and privacy” of user data over a number of years

According to the federal lawsuit, Twitter failed to tell its users for years that it used their contact information to help marketers

This practice affected more than 140 million Twitter users, while boosting Twitter’s primary source of revenue

Under the settlement, Twitter was barred from misleading the public about how it protects consumer data

The complaint also alleges that Twitter’s conduct violates the terms of a 2011 settlement stemming from two hacking incidents

The agreement also requires Twitter to improve its compliance practices.